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Seattle, WA 98102
For this Thursday’s tasting from 5-8pm, we are letting you in on a little secret. While we have featured the selections of the small, precise, and Seattle-based importer Vinea Imports before, this time we will focus on one winery and therefore one region: the Jané Ventura estate in Penedes, Spain. Eric Stone will be in again to show his kind and passionate knowledge of these incredible wines.
Penedes can be credited for making famous Spain’s most ubiquitous sparkling—Cava. But it is important to note that the same calcium-laden soils that make Champagne famous are also what are most unique about Penedes, and the combination of climate and geology creates fantastic, distinct red and white wines as well.
Most importantly, the Jane Ventura lineup is very hard to find in the United States (again, we owe it to importer Jay Beattie of Seattle-based Vinea imports for this chance) and a big favorite among the small restaurant and sommelier community. Once you taste through the lineup you will see why.
The Jané Ventura family has deep roots in winemaking that go back to 1914. At first, the wine was just for the family and surrounding neighbors, but in 1930 formal plans were made for a wine production facility. But it wasn’t until the 1980s that the Jané Ventura estate began exporting, and now the grandson of the original founders, Gerard Jané Ubeda is one of the winemakers who ensures that the complete journey of growing to bottling follows excellent standards.
It is likely that you will not try this particular lineup in this order again. We look forward to seeing you and sharing this special evening together.
11 Jané Ventura Brut Cava Musica (Penedes, Catalonia, Spain)
Not only is this a great Cava, but you will also be tasting a wine made from the traditional grapes of the region, which have some difficult names: Xarel-lo, Parellada, and Macabeo make for an exotic and rather serious sparkling wine, with lilting green apple and pear notes, mixed with ocean-accented mineral, herb, and a touch of floral and citrus peel too. Absolutely engaging. This wine really gets people talking.
11 Jané Ventura Brut Rosé Cava Musica (Penedes, Catalonia, Spain)
100% Garnacha (in Catalonia they spell it “Garnaxta”) makes a vibrant color and nose of fresh cranberries, peach, and strawberry blending in a classic and funky way with the traditional “yeast” (or “baked bread”) flavors. This wine says “tapas” for sure. Try it with cured meats, or green olives, or something else you might think would “challenge” a sparkling Rosé and it will sing.
12 Jané Ventura Blanc Seleccio (Penedes, Catalonia, Spain)
This is a memorable white, with plenty of regional character and true Penedes style. A delicate yet rather wild mix of grapefruit, apple, pear, and sturdy herb notes, this has a clean frame and finish that is incredibly refreshing. Again, this is a wine to go with almost anything, despite that it is a white wine. Welcome to what the Spanish know as common knowledge that we are sometimes surprised by. To be frank, this is what we all should be drinking more of.
11 Jané Ventura Negre Seleccio (Penedes, Catalonia, Spain)
A blend of traditional, Spanish grapes (Tempranillo) and some New World ones (like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot), this is intense and sexy and full bodied and . . . well, as we like to say, an “unapologetic wine.” Robust and fragrant, it dances and performs, with plenty of beautiful fruit and gritty tannins, floral and leather notes, and seemingly something in between too. Definitely romantic with plenty of guts and elegance.
Finca Els Camps Red (Penedes, Catalonia, Spain)
100% Tempranillo on this incredible wine, and it shows plenty of character, both regional and from the grape itself. Dense, dark fruit with herb and floral notes, crushed rock and earthy tannins. Let this breathe and keep tasting, it will unfold new details each hour it is open. This spends a full year aging in oak, so it boasts the quality of Reserva style Spanish wines. Worthy of restaurant reserve wine lists.